Lion de Bourges: Folios 111 – 120 (lines 21445-23376*)

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Due to misnumbering in Kipler edition, folio 111ra begins with 21444

The next morning, the archbishop brings the horn to the palace. During the mass, which precedes the test, Lion begs God to give him the strength to sound the horn. On the first try, the sound of the horn rings loud and clear and all the inhabitants rush to applaud their new master. From above in the palace, Lion addresses the crowd, revealing his origins and encouraging the population to be loyal to him. Joy is everywhere in the city, and the men of Fouqueret are arrested, mutilated and sent to Charlemagne.

The emperor travels through Berry, heading for Lombardie where Basin imprisoned Gombaut and Honnorée in an enchanted castle. But Charles decides to stop the pursuit and to travel to Bourges instead in order to take over the city. While Lion places his men in ambush on the road that the emperor must take, the latter advances towards the city without taking any precautions. Due to pride, Charles rejects the advice of Naimes, who recommends arming his men. Just before Lion and his men rush towards the emperor’s army, Naimes had ordered the men to arm themselves anyway. The battle is relentless and many knights are killed. Finally, Lion leaves the battlefield and wins back Bourges to which the emperor had just laid siege.

A week later, Basin de Genève announces to Charles that Gombaut is just about to receive the help of Guitequin de Dortmund. The emperor hesitates about abandoning the siege of Bourges in order to continue the pursuit of Honnorée, but God intervenes and a heavenly voice orders him to make peace with Lion, who is the legitimate heir of Bourges. The following day, the emperor sends Ogier to Bourges to present the offer of peace to Lion. Not only does Lion accept with a good heart, but he praises Charles and promises to come and help him with his pursuit of Gombaut.

During the celebration of the agreement between Lion and Charlemagne, the squire Ganor presents himself to announce the murder of his father and that of the emir of Toledo, both having been committed by Gombaut. Lion immediately resolves himself to accompany Charles in order to avenge himself. As soon as the emperor and Lion find the murderer, a combat between Lion and Gombaut is arranged, the stake of which is Honnorée. Lion slaughters Gombaut.

The following day, Charlemagne frees Honnorée and then confronts the troupes of Guitequin. The first division of Charles’ army is entrusted to Lion, while Charlemagne leads the eighth. Thanks to the help of the White Knight, Lion distinguishes himself in killing Princeps d’Olliferne and Guitequin de Dortmund. Once the spoils of the battle are equally divided, Lion takes his leave of the emperor in order to go take back his kingdom of Sicily which has fallen into the hands of Garnier.

Before heading for Sicily, Lion goes through Bourges where he stops to knight the fourteen sons of Hermer. Then he hastens to leave for Sicily with Morandin, the oldest of the sons of Hermer and his loyal squire Ganor. Before reaching Sicily, they travel through Vauvenisse, where Lion meets his friend, the duke Raymon who complains about the fate of his wife the duchess Parise, whom Raymon himself had exiled. Adding to his misfortune, Raymon is attacked by his neighbour Carambaus. Lion scolds his friend for having driven out his pregnant wife and then he continues on his way towards Sicily.

Taken over by Henry de Palerme four months ago, Thiéry is still putting up a resistance fight in his tower of Monlusant, but he just made an agreement with his enemy Henry: the winner of the single combat will be the master of the tower of Monlusant.

Before going to the battlefield, Thiéry sees a ship arrive in the port. It is Bauduyn, who is still searching for Lion and who brings good news of Florantine and her son Guillaume. Before raising the anchor, Bauduyn encourages Thiéry to defend Guillaume’s inheritance.

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